COLD COLOURS – NORTHERNMOST

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/Label URL: Self Released
Released: February 2019
Buy Album: http://coldcoloursmetal.bandcamp.com/album/northernmost
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/coldcoloursmetal/

Band lineup:
April Showers Northernmost

Brian J Huebner –  Vocals and guitar
Matt Hamilton – lead Guitar
Mike Andrie – Drums
Jaden Adair – Bass
john Rayl – Keyboards

Track List:

1. Northernmost I
2. Nightmare
3. A Life Forlorn
4. Northernmost II
5. From This Pain
6. Spirit
7. Northernmost III
8. Terminal Winter
9. Heathen
10. Northernmost IV
11. The Parting
12. The Pale Heart

Review:

Cold Colours are a band hailing from Minneapolis Minnesota, the home town of the great purple one, Prince. And they have been in existence for around 20 years. ”Northernmost” is their 4th album, a pretty conservative number in my view but I suppose in comparison to Prince who released material at a pace quicker than UK weather changes, I suppose less is more!! With influences as varied as Moonspell, Anathema and Rotting Christ and along with quote ”With the general negative feel of the world positivity has never made great art” their output can be described as death doom metal with Gothic marbling.

The sound of this album is bleak in places and like Wolves In The Throne Room, conjures up images of deep dark forests, dusky shadows that lead you into inky blackness and spaces where your other senses have to take up the slack that your eyes fail to register!! The album starts off with Northernmost 1 which is one minute of mellow classical guitar that morphs into the earthy sparseness of Nightmare. This track releases at around 3 minutes with clean guitars before resuming the earthy sparseness.

Other tracks of note are A Life Forlorn which at 8 minutes is the longest piece on the album, has an abject and dispirited tone reinforced by torturous guitars and supplemental keyboards. The ending is a glorious journey of insular dejection which I wanted to go on for a minute or two longer but alas good things end and we move on swiftly to Northernmost 2 which has another dose of classical guitar. In fact Northernmost 1, 2, 3 and 4 are all classical guitar pieces slotted in every two or three tracks to instil a few moments of calm.

From This Pain I find portentous, the mood has hardened and there’s a feeling of urgent release. Terminal Winter is reminiscent of Fields Of The Nephilim and Type O Negative. This track feels apocalyptic and bleak, my mind wanders to scenes of battle that precede the great winter after Ragnarok. Heathen goes through the gears slowly at first but once it’s got into its stride I find the track quite enjoyable. There’s a simple bass line doing its job of pulling the track along interwoven with clean wiry guitars and sinewy vocals. There’s a purpose to this track and it gets better as each second passes!! On the whole I like this album but it took a few more listens than previous album self titled Cold colours to get into. Gratification has to be earned and is not freely given!!

Review By Claudia Black

 

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